Sorry for the radio silence! I’ve been traveling or preparing to travel over the last week, so haven’t had much time for the blog.
Some quick crafty updates:
Last week, I got to spend some time with my friend C at the Stitches Midwest market. Lots and lots of yarn! But I was really good – I got one skein of sock yarn (merino/cashmere/nylon) in the color “boondocks” from the Plucky Knitter (her stuff is *amazing*) and several back issues of Weaver’s Craft. I wasn’t much tempted by yarn since I have a bunch in my stash that I need to knit, and because I’m more intrigued now by weaving (and there wasn’t much in the way of weaving yarn at this event.)
This week, I was in Colorado visiting my crafty friend K. She’s the reason, in fact, that I got a sewing machine a couple years ago. She’s also a knitter and a spinner. (I’m working on the weaving.) She moved here fairly recently, and we spent some time plotting how to transform her guest bedroom into a craft studio (and still have comfortable space for guests like me 🙂 )
We went to Boulder, because top on my agenda was a visit to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins. Holy cow WHAT an awesome place!!! Maggie Casey was there (for the non-spinners: She’s a famous spinning teacher and author. I have a book of hers, and a DVD.) She let K & I spin on her gorgeous cherry Matchless spinning wheel. It was amazing! While I was spinning on it and talking to Maggie, I think I lost my mind a little and called her a crack dealer. I’m sort of horrified that I did that. But oh well. I do love the Matchless every time I try it. I’m pretty sure K & I will be enabling each other to purchase some crack in the very near future…..
Otherwise, I was all over the weaving yarn and weaving publications. I couldn’t go crazy since I don’t have much space in the suitcase, but did pick up a couple more issues of Weaver’s Craft, a recent issue of VAV (Swedish weaving publication), and some more heddles for the Baby Wolf loom.
Oh! And I started a new sock for plane knitting. Leyburn in Shubui Sock (colorway is Kelp):